The Storyteller with Salt Water in her Veins
Welcome to my website! My name is Sophia Menesini and I'm the author of the Veiled Duchess Series which includes The Veiled Threat and The Veiled Descendants. I’m so appreciative and delighted by the positive responses my work has received.
I'm looking forward to sharing my future stories as they come to fruition, but in the meantime, please enjoy my website for more information on my books, fun quizzes pertaining to the series, some of my featured smaller publications, news about upcoming books, and more!
About the Author
The Storyteller with Salt Water in Her Veins
Sophia Menesini lives in Martinez, CA, with her husband and their three dogs, Ziggy, Zeppelin, and Tali. The Veiled Threat was her debut novel, and The Veiled Descendants is the sequel in The Veiled Duchess Series. She has an Associates in History and currently attends UC Davis to finish her BA. Sophia is an avid tea connoisseur and lover of Scotland with an unconventional memory for obscure Disney and Broadway song lyrics.
The Veiled Threat
Love is a Dangerous Heist for a Pirate
Captain Shea Lara is the leader of The Veiled Duchess, the most feared pirate ship in all of Nereid. And now, after completing her former mentor's final score, she's retiring. Everything she's known seems to be coming to an end. Until a night in her favorite tavern, when a mysterious stranger drags her back into the fold with an offer for a score, she can't refuse. All she has to do is kidnap the crowned princess of the northern Queendom, Joana of Arethusa. The prize is just within reach. But sparks fly as the two women collide. And a veiled threat that could upturn Shea's entire world storms on the horizon. Join the crew of Captain Shea Lara as they battle their way through dangerous court intrigue, rebellion against slavery, an unlikely romance, and ultimately face villains whose masks conceal them till the very end. Something's brewing on the horizon and the Veiled Threat is just the beginning.
The Veiled Descendants
July 1, 2020
Captain Shea Lara and the crew are back in this thrilling sequel to The Veiled Threat, The Veiled Descendants. It's been a year since she struck the deal — a year since she promised to marry her princess, a year of adventure, darkness, and change. Her fiancé has chased Shea across the Nereidan seas, but now it's time for her to come back to Arethusa. The storm has arrived, and none of them are prepared for what’s coming. An elven Fae with a blood connection to Shea, who plans to take Nereid back from the humans, shatters the life of a young Oceanan prince, and now it's up to Beck of Oceanus, Captain Shea, and Queen Joana to save their world from the powerful threat.
But they can't do it alone. With the help of Shea's father, Poseidon, God of the Sea, and her former lover: the goddess of love, she will set out on a quest to find the one being who can help prevent Perses from destroying everything she holds dear. A god, who just so happens to be Shea's immortal brother, Triton.
Shea chose the family she has now, but the tides are changing, and what she wants may no longer matter. She'll need to rely on the magic in her blood for the battle ahead. Perses is coming, with the help of vicious creatures, an evil empress, and the Lycon army, and he plans to drag her down to depths with him.
“You were supposed to be a monster,” Jo accuses, her voice cracking. “You said you were the villain.”
Shea offers a watery smile. “I still am, Your Highness.”
But Jo shakes her head, biting her bottom lip with enough force that it splits.
“No,” she growls softly, ”but I wish you still were one.”
Then she turns and starts to walk away.
“Jo!” Shea calls after her.
Jo stops, turning at the urgency in Shea’s voice.
“Just…Talk to Caen. Tell him…I’ve given you his quarters and in the meantime, tell him to come see me. I’ll assign him new sleeping arrangements.”
Jo nods and again turns away from Shea, but she calls out once more, stopping the princess in her tracks.
“And if you like, we tend to get a lot of injuries on board,” Shea continues; she takes a step toward Jo and Jo takes a step back. “Surprisingly a lot.”
Shea laughs nervously and forces herself to stay still. “Nol has been begging me for an assistant; perhaps while you’re here you’d like to help him out? It’s a place for you for now.”
And Shea doesn’t know what she expects—a fit, snarls at the idea of working during what may be her last days, more tears over Shea not changing her mind—but instead she gets a small broken smile and there’s a twinkle in Jo’s gaze.
“I’d love to.”
Jo’s blue eyes almost glow in the darkness, and Shea finally realizes why they’re so hypnotizing. They burn just like starlight.
The Veiled Threat
Teaser from The Veiled Threat
Teaser from The Veiled Descendants
"She falls backward. He kneels over her again.
Shea can hear Caen yelling at Phoebus to crack the ice harder, but it’s too late.
Triton—Mariner, pins her to the ground.
It’s so familiar; he runs his thumb over her left eye, and she shivers as she did before.
“Say it,” Mariner commands.
“If I do? We lose,” Shea whispers.
Mariner leans down until his mouth is right next to her ear.
“You’ve already lost,” he whispers back.
A tear falls from Shea’s left eye, and Mariner pulls back; he puts his knees on top of her arms and then wraps his hands around her throat. He tightens them, and she chokes as the air stops filtering through.
She stares up into Mariner’s blue eyes, and she sees imaginary blood that isn’t there, flashes of before.
Caen, Phoebus, and Poseidon vaguely shout in the distance.
She thinks she can hear footsteps, but it’s too late and he’s right.
Say it, Mariner mouths, and he loosens his grip just enough.
“Mercy,” Shea rasps."